5 Players Most Likely to Get Moved at the NBA Trade Deadline

Ben Kuchipudi ’25

Sports Staff

  1. Cam Reddish 
    • Cam Reddish entered the season as the starter for the Knicks, and ever since they shortened their rotation to nine players, Reddish has found himself buried in the depth chart once again, and it’s clear that a divorce would benefit both sides. He’s been rumored to a number of teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, and Milwaukee Bucks. The Knicks likely won’t get a first round pick like they gave up for Reddish, but they should hope that they can net at least a few second round picks or a quality rotation player to continue their playoff push. 
  1. Gary Trent Jr
    • The Raptors are a really weird team. They have a talented roster with guys such as Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Scottie Barnes, but they are sitting with a 23-28 record and the 12th seed in the Eastern Conference. Realistically, they have two options with their roster: make a move to make a run for the play-in tournament or blow it up completely and tank. Personally, I think they’ll do the latter. Even if they do make the playoffs, they aren’t going to go anywhere, so the smart move is to move talented players with large contracts to get picks and young talent. Gary Trent Jr should be the first of many players to be shipped off by Masai Ujiri. One of the better 3 and D players in the league, any contender should be calling Toronto for Trent’s services.
  2. John Collins
    • John Collins has been in trade rumors for over a year, and Atlanta needs to move on from him. The Hawks are currently 25-25 and the eight seed in the East and Collins isn’t helping them, as he is only averaging 13 points and a shade under eight rebounds on 26% shooting from three. Younger forwards such as Onyeka Okongwu and AJ Griffin have also performed well in limited roles and either one of them (preferably Griffin) can step into Collins’ spot. The Hawks could benefit from moving Collins to a rebuilding team looking to unload veterans who Atlanta can use as bench depth. A perfect spot for Collins could be the Phoenix Suns, who are looking to move on from one of their own power forwards (spoiler).
  3. Jae Crowder
    • Jae Crowder has been vocal in his desire to leave Phoenix since the beginning of the year, and similar to the Hawks, the Suns have also underperformed tremendously and something needs to change. Chris Paul isn’t getting any younger and Devin Booker has been injured for over a month. DeAndre Ayton has played well as the first option, but the Suns need to make a move to get back into contention in their short window. As mentioned above, John Collins could be the perfect piece for them. The high flier would fit perfectly in the Suns’ offense and it would be difficult for opposing teams to stop him and Ayton in the paint. 
  4. OG Anunoby
    • It seems like OG Anunoby is all but gone, even though he stated that he wants to stay in Toronto. Masai Ujiri will blow up this roster and Anunoby will be the first player shipped because he is likely the best player on the trade block. One of the best 3 and D players in the league, Anunoby is currently averaging 17 points on 36% shooting from three along with a league-leading two steals per game. One team that could use some more shooting along with defense in the starting five is the New York Knicks. There was a rumor that a team offered three first round picks for OG and it wouldn’t be a surprise if it was the Knicks, as the Rudy Gobert trade inflated the market so much that three firsts for Anunoby is reasonable. I do think the Knicks will trade for him, but it won’t be for as much as they look to assert themselves among the East’s best.
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